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The Good Old Days

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Editor Argns : - Inlast week's isme of one of your contetnporaries I uoticed tiie following : "For efficency of purpose and for nnity in excellence, the rural schools of thia county have nevor beeu excelled. " As for efficiency of parpóse it shonld be onr aini to mak') or district schools as complete in themselves as possible as they are the beginning and oud of many a boy anrt girl school careers, henoe they shonld be so governed aud disciplined as tv aft'ord the pupil a practical foundation for the knowledge to be acquired to assist him through life. There are many embarrassments that confront a teacher in a district school that have ahvays beeu and always will be, and the most deplorable of these is irregular attend ■ auce in whicb I caunot see that our present system has made any improvement, for the good old days must not te ignored when scholars looked anxiously forward for that so-called "last day" when prizes were to be given to the ones who left off head the most times in their respectivo spelling classes or ■who were not absent or tardy and who feit fully equipped to accompany their teacher to a neighboring district spelling school only to have their joy turned to sorrow by having their uuderpinning knocked out by oue of those formidable "oach words. " Those were the days wheu you met schölars on their way to or from school witli their spelling books nnder their arme, or in passing by a school house you would hear a whole class reading in concert, or hear the A, B, C, fellows ringing out the old multiplicaron table, and if you asked oue of thera if yon took two steps forward and three back he could teil you right where you were at and when I read in the papers of some fellow advocating reform in spelling then I began to wonder if when his theory is put into practice where we will be ar. The uext condition to be confronted is in districts that are densely settled with Germans sonie of whona can speak but little English and others who have to attend Germán school part of the seenis to me that oar present so-called system ui grading district schools does an injnsiite to them as they havernuch more to nteud with. And then therearethe uo a and girls, who used to do cliores 'ii their board winters arid go to school or üüme youug Germán boy 18 or 20 who merely wants to learu to read aud write tbeEnglish lauguageand will ask you why tho words to, their, aud several other words are spelled iu two or more different ways. Whore are they now? You do uot see tbem standing arouud the school yard dnriug the uoon hour or meet theru iu thp, rnoruiug on their way to school. Can it be that our districtschoob are oatgrowiug tbeir asefnlness? If so we want a system that will créate more enthnsiasm betvveen teacher aud pnpil thau hetween teacher aud iuHtitutes. Theu we will sce without leuving home or cousultiug our couuty papers the couditiou of our schools.